Martin Keown has claimed that Liverpool will benefit from the Premier League winter break, with the Reds set to enjoy a 13 day break before their next game.
Following the busy Christmas period, clubs are being given a break for the first time, with the current round of games split over two weekends.
This means one half of the Premier League gets two weeks off and then the other half will get two weeks off as well.
Writing in his weekly column for the Daily Mail, Arsenal legend Keown believes Liverpool are one of the biggest winners from the break.
“So who are the winners and losers?” he wrote. “Top-four chasing Chelsea and Manchester United will be pleased with the way their fixtures have fallen, with a full 15 days off.
“By comparison, Southampton get nine days, and have to deal with the disappointment of an FA Cup replay defeat by Tottenham.
“When Liverpool return to action – away at Norwich next week – they’ll come back watered, rested and ready to go as the runaway leaders. Whereas Crystal Palace may have mixed feelings about this break.
“Last week Patrick van Aanholt, Christian Benteke and Andros Townsend returned for the first time since December after their respective injuries. After facing Everton on Saturday they then have 13 days off.
“The mid-season break is unprecedented in the Premier League and we will learn over the coming weeks who the winners are.
“Perhaps the biggest winners of all, with Euro 2020 just months away, could be Gareth Southgate and his England team.”
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Meanwhile, Starsport columnist Paul Merson has branded the winter break ‘unfair’, saying: “The winter break is a balls-up. There’s no other way to look at it. It just hasn’t really worked.
“It’s not really even a break is it? It’s just a Saturday off. It needs to be longer if you really want to help the players.
“But the biggest problem is that not everybody is off at the same time. I know you can’t keep everyone happy all the time – but that feels unfair.”
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